First Lady Delivers The Dillard Commencement Address

Senior class president Nicole A. Tinson takes a selfie with First Lady Michelle Obama during Dillard University’s commencement ceremony in New Orleans, Saturday, May 10


Audio of the First Lady’s Address


142 Responses to “First Lady Delivers The Dillard Commencement Address”

  1. 1 hopefruit2
    May 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I love our FLOTUS. That is all y’all!

  2. 9 Allison
    May 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Chips!!

  3. 11 vcprezofan2
    May 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you for this, Ms Chips

  4. 16 vcprezofan2
    May 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Hopef, is that really you up there? /waving/ Suh-weet! 🙂 🙂

    • 17 hopefruit2
      May 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Hiya vc – was hoping to save a spot for you in the top 2, but alas…

      • 18 vcprezofan2
        May 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

        That’s okay, friend! 😀
        Plus, I was in the top 2 for a bit – if we accept that you and Allison came through the gate as one.

  5. 19 hopefruit2
    May 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    • May 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      From Smartypants’ post:

      “However, the Verizon court order was signed on April 25, 2013 (posted online on April 29th) and the powerpoint slides outlining the PRISM program were from a presentation made in April 2013. So that means that Snowden couldn’t have been in possession of those documents until almost 5 months AFTER he first contacted Greenwald (and just a couple of weeks before he fled to Hong Kong).”
      based on a recent article in Vanity Fair.

      • May 10, 2014 at 6:24 pm

        Arapaho, many of us have known Snowden was a spy from the moment he appeared in HK. I think he contacted Poitras and Greenwald to build a cover for what he was really doing – gathering as much cybersecurity intel as he could.

        The stuff that lathered everyone, including our allies, is all distraction. Certainly distractions that were meant to cause harm, but no where near as important as the cybersecurity insights that he most definitely has shared with the Chinese and Russians.

        Why he did it and how tightly China & Russia coordinated his activities are the only open questions for me.

        • 22 jackiegrumbacher
          May 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

          Bob, I think we all thought he was a spy and traitor working for either China or Russia and that his motivation was either intense racist hatred of our president or the promise of a rich reward from the countries he worked for.. But I do think he was not smart enough to think through the long term consequences of his action or assess the trustworthiness of his “bosses”. I suspect he had a far grander vision of life he would lead than the current constrained environment in which he finds himself.

          • 23 99ts
            May 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

            If he had read any history of spies who fled to Russia – he should well have known this was not going to end well. He will, no doubt, continue to blame everyone, except those who encouraged him to flee, for his misfortunes.

  6. May 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Wonderful speech, marking a landmark occasion in Dillard University’s history!

  7. May 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Our FLOTUS rocks!!!

  8. May 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    In continuing my taking it easy on weekends, a truth for today:

  9. May 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    The Affordable Care Act gives former foster kids healthcare benefits to age 26, though they may not know it

    Rain clouds couldn’t spoil Kenisha Anthony’s afternoon as she emerged from the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables on Saturday with an associate degree in social work from Miami Dade College. The 22-year-old from Miami had survived the school of hard knocks that is Florida’s foster care system to reach this moment. Now a provision of the Affordable Care Act promises to help her make an even better start.

    As of Jan. 1, Anthony and others who aged out of foster care became eligible for Medicaid until they turn 26, just as other young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans to that age as part of the ACA. But not all former foster children may know about this little-discussed Obamacare benefit, especially if they’re no longer in the system.

    Anthony learned about it through a group called Florida Youth SHINE, a network of former foster children who are working to find and enroll this population.

    “I found SHINE on the Internet and contacted them to join. They helped me deal with the technical issues of applying. Now I can go to the doctor,” Anthony said.


    • 43 jackiegrumbacher
      May 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Great, great news, rikyrah. This young woman deserves tremendous credit for her accomplishment and now she knows that a good system can work for her, not against her, thanks to President Obama.

    • 44 99ts
      May 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      The GOP in congress refused funding to allow the truth of the ACA to be known. They really hate that good news should be told

  10. 45 Judith Fardig
    May 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Missing my mom this weekend.

    • May 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Judith, your mom was beautiful!
      What field was your dad in as you mentioned “campaign?”

    • 50 jacquelineoboomer
      May 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Judith – Beautiful mom, beautiful baby. Is the baby you?

      The sweet looks tell the tale!

    • May 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Oh Judith, what an absolutely beautiful photo.

      • 52 Judith Fardig
        May 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm

        Yep – that’s me at 5 days old. My grandfather was a portrait photographer in Denver, so we have many amazing old family pictures.

    • 54 Nerdy Wonka
      May 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Oh wow, Judith. It’s a beautiful picture. May your mom’s beautiful soul forever rest in eternal peace.

      • 55 Judith Fardig
        May 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm

        Thank you, NW! She would have been absolutely pumped to vote for Barack Obama for President in 2008, but she passed away in July.

    • 56 a4alice
      May 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      wow Judith either one is a big job but both. I’m just going to sit down for while cuz that just made me tired 😉

      • 57 Judith Fardig
        May 10, 2014 at 11:14 pm

        I’m in awe of how much she accomplished. After my youngest sister was in kindergarten, Mom went back to school to get her teaching credential and taught 5th grade social studies and then middle school art. My dad’s day job when he wasn’t in the legislature was teaching high school history and civics. We were taught very early on the importance of political involvement on behalf of the least advantaged in our communities.

    • May 10, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Lovely picture, Judith. Thank you for sharing it with us and Happy Mother’s Day!

    • 60 MightyPamela
      May 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Utterly gorgeous, Judith, both of you!!

    • 62 jackiegrumbacher
      May 10, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      What a wonderful photo, Judith. Even at this early age, you had your mom’s smile and it’s obvious you were a happy baby. Hope your own children bring you much joy tomorrow.

    • 64 goldendreamer
      May 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Awwwww, so beautiful!!!

      • 65 Judith Fardig
        May 10, 2014 at 11:32 pm

        You all have made my day! Happy Mother’s Day to everyone in this TOD family!

        • 66 HZ
          May 11, 2014 at 1:51 am

          Judith, you are beautiful to this world. Just seeing your beautiful mother holding you at 5 days of age and looking at you with so much love and knowing, as only mothers have that feeling of motherly love seeing that you would give back to your nation and the world so much love that was in both of your smiles. What a most precious gift your mother and father gave to all of us. It is such a wonderful joy to be in this family with you here on TOD. Thanks for sharing this precious moment with us.

          May your celebrations in honor of your precious mother be so remarkable as you remember her. {{{{{{{ Loving memories to Judith}}}}}}}}HZ

    • 67 Nena20409
      May 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Just lovely.

      Happy Mothers’ Day to all TODable TOD Moms.

  11. 68 yardarm756
    May 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    > One time I got sick and landed in hospital.
    > There was this one nurse that just drove me crazy.
    > Every time she came in, she woulds talk
    > To me like I was a little child.
    > She would say in a patronizing tone of voice,
    > “And how are we doing this morning?”
    > Or
    > “Are we ready for a bath?” or
    > “Are we hungry?”
    > I had had enough of this particular nurse.
    > One day at breakfast, I took the apple juice
    > Off the tray and put it in my bedside stand.
    > Later I was given a urine sample bottle to fill for testing.
    > So you know where the juice went!
    > The nurse came in a while later, picked up the
    > Urine sample bottle, looked at it and said,
    > “My, my, it seems we are a little cloudy today.”
    > At this, I snatched the bottle out of her hand,
    > Popped off the top, and gulped it down, saying,
    > “Well, I’ll run it through again.
    > Maybe I can filter it better this time!”
    > The nurse fainted… I just smiled.


  12. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    May 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Good point.

  13. 75 jacquelineoboomer
    May 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Q: How do you get yourself off a list somebody put you on, on Twitter?


    • May 10, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      I’ve often wondered that too Jacqueline! Does blocking them work??

    • 78 Nerdy Wonka
      May 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      You block them or report them for spam and you are automatically removed from their list.

      • 79 jacquelineoboomer
        May 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm


      • May 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

        Thanks a million Nerdy, I was never sure if that did the trick.

        • 81 vcprezofan2
          May 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm

          CC, this is to notify you that I’m going to stop associating with you. Seems like your attraction to ‘odd’ tweeters can actually rub off . I had TWO unusual followers today – one I blocked right away as he/she had no followers and I really had no clue WHAT was being said. Nor did I like the featured picture. This one I thought I’d point out to you before blocking. At least s/he has MANY followers, though *I* haven’t a clue what’s being said or why I was being followed.

  14. 93 HZ
    May 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Judiith beautiful. I am missing mine. I dressed up the back patio just to sit out there and see her in all things lovely. HZ

    • 94 susanne
      May 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      that’s a lovely way to remember your mother, hz. my mom lived with us for many years before she passed. she loved purple–so we made her purple curtains, a purple bedcover, and so on. but we also planted a purple flower garden around her patio area. now when i see all those rich, cheerful purple blossoms, i feel her presence and the joy she brought to my life.

      • 95 HZ
        May 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

        Susanne, purple was my Mother’s favorite color as well. I am sitting on my patio sipping coconut water out of one of a beautiful purple set of glasses my mother purchased at a lovely expensive glass shop at Disneyland in 1964.My gift to cherish always. Thee glass, the purple and elegant cut of the glass along with growing up climbing her parents coconut tree and opening the coconuts to drink the sweet juice crack open and eat that delicious meat.Oh, what memories. Enjoying her presence during this honoring her this Mother’s Day and everyday.HZ

    • 96 jackiegrumbacher
      May 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      What a wonderful thing to do, HZ. The most beautiful place to find your mother is in your own heart. If she helped make you the person you are, she was really a fine and remarkable woman and you were truly blessed.

      • 97 HZ
        May 11, 2014 at 1:57 am

        Yes indeed, jackiegrumbacher. She poured everything she had into me. I carry with me each and everyday, her beautiful fragrance of the grace to care for others and treat others as I would want to be treated. She gave us her all. I am so blessed to be her daughter. HZ

    • 98 57andfemale
      May 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      I bought flowers for my yard today to feel close to my mom. I lost my dad when I was barely 19 (by two weeks) and my mother two years later. The one thing she did for herself was have her hands in the dirt. She would be especially proud of my (inherited) green thumb although my body doesn’t always cooperate.

      • 99 Judith Fardig
        May 10, 2014 at 11:38 pm

        57, it must have been tragic for you to lose both of your parents at such a young age. You have grown up strong despite tremendous loss.

        • 100 57andfemale
          May 11, 2014 at 11:09 am

          Changed the direction of my life. If you have cable, HBO is running Billy Crystal’s one-man show, 700 Sundays. I watched it on Saturday, and it was so much my story. It’s fantastic theater.

    • 101 Judith Fardig
      May 10, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      HZ, what a lovely idea! I do feel the presence of both my parents, especially when there’s a rainbow in the sky like yesterday.

      • 102 HZ
        May 11, 2014 at 2:01 am

        Judith, those rainbows in the sky are the love paintings of your wonderful parents. Frame them beautifully in your mind when you have the opportunities to do so. HZ

  15. 103 Nerdy Wonka
    May 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks Rikyrah. Read the article and got choked up. President Obama will go down in history as one of the best Presidents this country has had because he saw an atrocity and he risked everything to make a wrong, right. Bless him, bless him, bless him and the millions of lives he has saved and given peace of mind.

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  18. May 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hilarious, every vote for Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest is being booed insanely!!!

  19. May 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm

  20. 122 anniebella
    May 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    What a welcome for the First Lady at Dillards U. WOW! Take that right wing haters.

  21. 123 jacquelineoboomer
    May 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Wow. Even ol’ Athletics-Anonymous me is interested in this one!

  22. 124 MightyPamela
    May 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Busting a gut here: over on FB, someone posted a pic of PBO and FLOTUS, when FLOTUS wore that stunning and fabulous fitted black gown with spangles. The question asked is why was the media (burp) so hateful and nasty bashing FLOTUS for looking smashing? Well, of course there are +395K responses, most of them saying the press is just jealous..etc. But one guy said how all the other first ladies couldn’t come close, and how George Bush’s wife looked like George Washington!! I am still ROTFLMAO!! Scared the cat!

    • 125 vcprezofan2
      May 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      • 126 MightyPamela
        May 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm

        H/t, bow, and a curtsey to you, dear VC! This gown takes my breath away, well, because Michelle Obama is wearing it!! Incredible, eh? Thank you so much for bringing it over! You’re the best of the best!

        • 127 vcprezofan2
          May 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm

          YVW, MP. One of these days I might start to exercise regularly in case FLOTUS decides to recycle that dress my way. Or were she to pass it on first, that might be just the incentive to start exercising.

      • 128 Nena20409
        May 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm

        Love that evening gown. It was at a CBC dinner, I think.

        The other black gown was the one where FLOTUS had a facial expression in unison with POTUS and the 1st lady had her hair flat and pulled back.

        • 129 vcprezofan2
          May 10, 2014 at 8:26 pm

          I can think of three black gowns and I love them all. (I don’t ❤ all her gowns though I might think she wears each very well)

    • 130 jackiegrumbacher
      May 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      That’s a good one, MP. Mostly, I think Laura Bush was invisible. She kind of blended into the background. In the last hundred years, only Jackie Kennedy comes close to Michelle Obama in beauty and poise.

      • 131 99ts
        May 10, 2014 at 9:33 pm

        Not to take anything away from Mrs Kennedy but she was many years younger than FLOTUS when she was the First Lady – between the ages of 20-40 with some care, dress sense and a fashion wardrobe, most women can look delightful. Jackie carried it to a higher level – but to me she stayed within the rules of a woman dressed to please “polite society”. I think Laura Bush tried to model herself on Jackie Kennedy – but being years later and years older – it just didn’t fit the person or the times.

        There is so much more to Michelle Obama than her clothes – yet it is impossible not to see the wow factor in how she looks and dresses. She makes any outfit look great and suitable for the occasion. I’ve never been so entranced by the appearance of any well known person – be it politician, media person or European Royal.

    • 132 57andfemale
      May 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Please, don’t make me remember those hideous peplums she wore on her too-tight skirts. My eyes! My eyes!

  23. May 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm

  24. 139 GGAIL
    May 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Yo vc
    I sent u an email

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